Fresh Air Fund offers camping for youth

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time.

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time.

Through the Fresh Air Fund Program, youth from the inner cities can have a summer filled with suburban living.

The Fresh Air Fund Program has two parts — a camping program and a Friendly Town Program. The camp is based in Fishkill, NY, and is a traditional summer camp. Through this Friendly Town program, kids from NYC come and visit Host families (many in the local area) and spend a week to two weeks with the family doing fun summer activities. Sometimes the families hang out at the beach or in their backyards, other times, host families enroll them in local Fairfield County day camps.

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Join host families in and around the Fairfield area for its 138th summer.

From big cities to small towns

Each year, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a child this summer, contact Martha Mintzer at 203-226-6627 or visit www.freshair.org.

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